THE LOCATION: Boulder Beach, Acadia National Park, Maine
GPS: 44°18'48.7247" N 68°11'26.5205" W
THE EQUIPMENT: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM | Peak Design Travel Tripod (aluminum | Breakthrough Neutral Density Filter (3x)
THE STORY: You never expect one of the nation's most popular national parks - Acadia sees about 4 million visitors a year, ranking it among the Top 10 in the country - during the week of the Fourth of July to be empty.
If, however, you visit the resplendent park on Mount Desert Island in Maine during summer, you might just get lucky. As in the island will be socked in with rain and fog.
Thus, keeping a lot of less-hardy souls away from the park and in the lobster pounds of Bar Harbor.
Go, even if the weather forecast drips with predicted precipitation. Go to places like Boulder Beach, and enjoy the quiet wash of the Atlantic over the smooth pink granite stone.
IF YOU GO: Ocean Drive, Acadia National Park
Dave Pidgeon is a seasoned photographer and writer with more than 20 years of experience. He lives in Lancaster, Pa., with his three sons.